Category Education

What do you know now that you wish you knew then? #2

Last month, I asked my email subscribers a question:  What do you know now that you wish you knew then? (and wish you did).  Imagine you are having a coffee with a younger version of yourself. What would you say?  (If you still feel that you are the younger self… what would you ask the future you?) […]

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Event: Persuasive Communication Masterclass in UCD Smurfit Business School (Dublin)

Persuasive Communication Masterclass, Dublin, 3 April Sold out – As of 13 March, this course is completely sold out.   I will be teaching a full day Persuasive Communication Masterclass in Dublin on 3rd April.  The class is part of the UCD Smurfit Masterclass series. UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is Ireland’s leading business […]

IESE Speaking Gurus Interview Series

This is a series of 10 interviews with the expert coaches during the IESE EMBA Intensive week 2013.  (If you are viewing via rss, video on the blog here).  The Expert Contributors are: Tony Anagor () Florian Mueck () Conor Neill (Me!) () Tobias Rodrigues () John Zimmer () The Speaking Guru Interviews How to get the best out […]

What does Leadership mean to you?

Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School will be speaking at IESE Business School in Barcelona next Monday 13th. “It is my desire to inspire people of all ages and social demographics to think about leadership on a broad level, contemplate what it means to them and what individual impact they can have when it […]

Probably the Worst Email of All Time

This, or a version of it, arrives a few times a week: “Dear Conor I need to talk to you. Can I have some time? X” By the way, its not from my girlfriend, or my daughter. They get a yes. My mum, dad, brothers, sister – they get a yes. However, generally these emails […]

Manifesto: Keep Wonder Alive, Join me and make the #idontknow Commitment

In the spirit of changing myself for the better (and becoming a better father to my daughter), I wrote a short manifesto. http://cono.rs/idontknow In the next 10 years through to 2024, 1 Billion jobs will be taken over by machines. Google cars will replace taxis. IBM’s Watson will replace customer service staff. We cannot out-reason the machines. We must […]

Disrespect for the Respectable [Richard Feynman Video]

“If you know the name of a bird in all of the human languages, you will still know absolutely nothing about the bird.  My father taught me the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing about that something.” Richard Feynman Earlier this week, my father sent me 2 short video interviews of Nobel […]

The ability to turn back

A few weeks ago I was in the audience with my friend Manuel listening to Kilian Jornet share his life story.  At the age of 26, Kilian projects the profound wisdom of a Zen sage.  The mountains are a powerful teacher. Kilian will run up and down Everest in 2015.  Yep, run up it.  He […]

Become Indispensable: Solve Interesting Problems

Question for you: What do you have as your description line in your LinkedIn profile? Mine says “Moving People to Action”   What does your LinkedIn Description say? I see several varieties of description.  Some people just put their job title: “VP Marketing at Corporation Inc”.  Some people an abstraction of their past experience “Experienced […]

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Knowingly Bad

You can’t begin to improve at something until you are “knowingly bad”. If you are not aware of the lack of something, you haven’t got “taste” yet.  If you think you are the best blogger in the world, two things could be true: You really are the best blogger in the world You are blind […]

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